Goodwill and BurdaStyle: Boutique You

Well hello there, Autumn! It’s sweater weather again – and of course, our stores are full of warm n’ cozy pullovers. But let’s say you’re all set on the traditional argyle front – what else can you do with these comfy finds? We know just the thing… This week’s GoodwillNyNj and BurdaStyle’s Boutique You project: custom-made, one-of-a-kind, reusability-loving Leg Warmers!

Sashay those summer skirts right into Autumn with Boutique You's leg warmers.

Continue reading “Goodwill and BurdaStyle: Boutique You”

Advertisements

Goodwill and BurdaStyle: Boutique You

Happy September – and happy back to school! We may not be grade school kiddies anymore, but even we find ourselves hauling our laptops into cafes more and more as the temperature drops. Can we stay stylish without our Lisa Frank folder pack? Yes we can, thanks to this week’s GoodwillNyNj and BurdaStyle’s Boutique You project: the Laptop Bag with Straps.

Back to School for grown-ups, brought to you by GoodwillNyNj, BurdaStyle, and our special little collaboration: Boutique You

So how do you make this happen? Well, class, first you shop for fabric at your local Goodwill. Choose wisely, or choose ’em all – we have tons of prints and materials for tiny prices. Just make sure you choose a durable weave, just in case that bully tries to rough you up for milk money. Once you’ve brought your fabric home, click this link to see BurdaStyle’s step by step DIY how-to. Then you whip up your new laptop bag and flaunt it like nobody’s business.

If you’d like to participate in a little Show and Tell, we’d love it. Post your photos and comments about this bag and the Boutique You series on our Facebook Fan Page or tweet us your thoughts on Twitter. We’ll be sure to give you an A+ for effort, originality, and reusability. Gold stars for everyone!

Goodwill and BurdaStyle: Boutique You

Hello, Autumn weather! It’s time to trade in the summer tees and pull out the cardigans, whether you find them in your closet or in your local Goodwill. While you’re at it, though, why not turn the creativity factor up a notch. How? With the latest GoodwillNyNj & BurdaStyle Boutique You project: the Fabric Carnation.

Get your creativity on, give an old t-shirt new life & personalize your sweaters just in time for fall. Sounds like a plan to us!

Continue reading “Goodwill and BurdaStyle: Boutique You”

Goodwill and BurdaStyle: Boutique You

Hey August, where did you come from? We hear you’re in kahoots with September, October, and all the rest of buttoned-up fall. Well, we’re not leaving our carefree summer without a fight, and we still have beachy getaways to plan before the season’s end. With that in mind, this week’s Boutique You is tailor-made for sunny weekends and laid-back vibes: the Anna Boho Bag.

A roomy bag like this week's Boutique You pick is perfect for lazy summer afternoons. Get 'em while they last...

Continue reading “Goodwill and BurdaStyle: Boutique You”

Goodwill and BurdaStyle: Boutique You

Mad Men Mad Men Mad Men! If you can’t tell, we’re still reeling from the 1960’s super drama’s premier this past Sunday night. The best news? The fashion is as incredible as ever. Get in on the Mad Men craze, even without cable with this week’s Boutique You: Mad Men Headbands. Top off any shift dress with a Mad Men Headband made from Goodwill fabric and you’ll be decked out like Joanie in no time.

The perfect accessory to Mad Men attire - a retro 60s headband made from secondhand finds! Who knows, maybe Peggy once wore those polka dots...

Continue reading “Goodwill and BurdaStyle: Boutique You”

Goodwill and BurdaStyle: Boutique You

It’s hot (really hot), and we only have so many outfits we’re willing to wear in this heat. For gals, we’re sticking with gauzy tops and skirts; for guys, it’s lightweight tees with shorts – all found at Goodwill for cheap, of course. But how can we still rock our personal style with such (relatively) limited options? Why, with Embroidery Knot Stitch, this week’s Boutique You, that’s how!

Embroidery allows you to personalize your Goodwill staples while staying cool - and we ❤ that.

Continue reading “Goodwill and BurdaStyle: Boutique You”

Goodwill and BurdaStyle: Boutique You

Summer holidays means summer house guests, and as much as we love handing out our old faded beach towels to friends and family, it’s incredible what a good impression nice hand-towels can make on out-of-town overnighters. It’s the little touches that count, but who has the budget for designer hand towels? Not us. However, we do have the materials  and BurdaStyle’s got the know-how so together, we’ve got everything we need for this week’s hospitality-loving Boutique You project: Fancy Towels!

You can make the fancy towels of your dreams with one stop in Goodwill and just a little handiwork. Theme bathrooms better get ready - the fancy towel possibilities are endless!

Continue reading “Goodwill and BurdaStyle: Boutique You”

Goodwill and BurdaStyle: Boutique You

There are a ton of glorious bridesmaids dresses languishing in your local Goodwill. Still, a 110 heat wave does not seem like the best time to revive those taffetta dreams – so how can you put those Goodwill treasures to good use? Buy a secondhand bridesmaid dress, use the fabric to create a ton of fascinators and make a fashion statement without breaking a sweat!

Our Boutique You project: from bridesmaid's dress to fascinator. Peachy!

This time of year (post-bridal rush) creates a gold mine of gowns at your local Goodwill. Romp on over and see what specific sheen of magenta, lemon yellow, or lime green catches your fancy. It’s a whole new way to look at those occasionally outrageous bridesmaids gown – and a whole new way to get a vibrant second life out of what you’d thought was done and dusted.

For the BurdaStyle how-to, just click here. Keep us posted as to your one-of-a-kind creations. What can we say… we’re fascinated to hear!

Goodwill and BurdaStyle: Boutique You

It’s officially summer! Ice-cold lemonade, outdoor concerts, trips to the beach – the season is chockful of good things. In fact, there’s so much to do, it can be hard to get settle down, close the blinds and catch some real, reviving zzzzzs. Solution? This week’s Boutique You project: the Marcel Eyemask.

No need to leave the glamour out of your nap; find the most outrageous fabric at NY & NJ's Goodwills and create an eyemask that rivals the craziest dreams!

Filled with lavender and weighted with rice, this little mask does big work to help you relax. BurdaStyle’s got the no-stress pattern right here, and your local Goodwill has more than enough fabric to outfit your eyes for each & every nap you need. You could even tailor your fabric choice to meet your dreams – we’re thinking zebra print for a subconscious safari, ourselves…

If you make an eyemask you love, come show it off! You can either tweet us a pic or post your photo on our Facebook wall. Hope to see your beautiful creations soon!

Goodwill and BurdaStyle: Boutique You

Experiencing creative withdrawal now that the Renegade Craft Fair has past? Have no fear – this week’s Boutique You’s project should give you a quick boost of DIY delight to get you through the week – plus it’s the perfect accessory for all those summer overnights you’re planning. Enjoy: the Easy Drawstring Bag.

These little sacs are the perfect size for your heirloom jewels and thrifted gems, and best of all, you can make them from practically any fabric found in your local Goodwill store!

BurdaStyle’s got the big-fun little-stress pattern right here – and your local Goodwill has more than enough fabric to keep you busy mixing and matching looks. Start your summer party inside the suitcase and go wild storing your trinkets in polka dots, stripes, paisley and print bags. We dare ya.

If you make a bag you love, come show it off! You can either tweet us a pic or post your photo on our Facebook wall. Hope to see your beautiful creations soon!